Live and Local
On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll visit with John Stephens of the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan about their current production, 2 Pianos 4 Hands, a musical comedy about two boys trying for concert pianist stardom. And I'll talk with two star performers in Saturday's concert in Champaign by the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana.
On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," we'll hear about Alegria, the touring production from Cirque du Soleil, playing all week in Urbana. And for St. Patrick's Day, I'll talk with Forrest Harris, a member of the good-time Irish band Exorna, who will play Wednesday night at pubs in Danville and Champaign.
On the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with David Commanday, conductor of the Heartland Festival Orchestra, which gives a concert in Peoria on Saturday. And just in time for St. Patrick's Day, the Irish group Danú will perform in Urbana Tuesday night. I'll talk with one of their founders and play some of their tunes.
On the Friday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Randi Collins Hard, director of the current Parkland College Theatre production, "The Father of the Bride," in Champaign through this weekend. And we'll meet Margaret Jones, concertmaster of the Danville Symphony, who solos with the orchestra this Saturday. She'll play her violin a bit for us live.
[NOTE: We regret that this program was scheduled but did not air.]
This weekend the Illinois Symphony Orchestra will play the world premiere of a new work by composer Judith Shatin called "Jefferson, in His Own Words." On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Ms. Shatin and with conductor Karen Deal about their collaboration, and we'll hear about the Ballet Folklórico de México, coming to Springfield Friday.
On the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with Bill Staines, an iconic figure in the folk music world, who will play at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center on Saturday. And we'll meet Eckart Runge, cellist of the Berlin-based Artemis Quartet, which is performing at the Krannert Center in Urbana Wednesday night.
The Irish Times calls Slide IE "traditional musicians with attitude," for their diverse collection of songs combining traditional Irish music with contemporary stylings. Slide IE will appear Wednesday night at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center in Decatur, and two of their members will join me for the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local.
Gravitación is the name of a vocal quartet specializing in early music, currently in residence at Millikin University. On Monday, they'll celebrate the release of their second CD with a party and mini-concert in Champaign. We'll have three members of the group in the studio with us on the Monday edition of "Live and Local," to sing and play excerpts from the CD.
Singer, guitarist and accordionist Cynthia Hopkins has been honored for her work as a writer, composer, musician, and creator of unique music/theater projects featuring her band, Gloria Deluxe. The band will perform in the Afterglow at Krannert Center in Urbana twice this weekend, and they'll be my guests on the Friday edition of "Live and Local," performing live in our studio.
The Mark Morris Dance Group is at the Krannert Center in Urbana this week for its 10th consecutive residency, with concerts Friday and Saturday night-as always, featuring live music. Mark Morris himself will be my guest on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local." I'll also talk with Scott Ferguson, conductor of the Collegiate Chorale at Illinois Wesleyan University, about the group's upcoming tour.
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